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GrACE NEWS 

THE NEWSLETTER OF THE GREENVILLE ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS 


VOLUME: 5 


NUMBER: 9 


SEPTEMBER I<?e7 


MEETING: SEPTEMBER 15th 

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00pm 
GRIER MEMORIAL ARP CHURCH 


I want to thank the people who took 
part in last months meeting- I know 
we had some problems and I appreciate 
your efforts THANKS ! \ - CA special 
thanks to Craig Tompkins who did a 
good job in the face of adversity-) 

As for this month, Kevin 
Kingsmore is going to show us PC 
Ditto, The IBM Emulator for the 
ST. Also ED Culbertson is going to 
show us BALANCE OF POWER by Mind sc ape. 
This program is about f Geopolitics in 
the Nuclear Age. 11 What did you say'? 11 

And for the E-bit, Doug Slagh is going 
to take us on a trip to the stars. 

Doug is going to demo Planetarium, 
Atari's new astronomy program. 

We're also going to open the floor 
for a question and answer time. So if 
you have any thing you would like to 
sh are or an y questions you wou Id 1 i k e 
to ask, bring t h em with you t o the 
meet i ng . 

Also we’ll have the disk librarians 
tell us what they have on there disk 
of the month. REMEMBER the cost is 
$2. 00 for 8 -bit and $3.00 for 16-bit 
disks (non members $1.00 additional 
charge) . 

So join us Tuesday, September 15th at 
the Grier memorial ARP Church 
“ellowship Hall, Meeting begins at 
7:00; program starts at 7; 30. 

Donal d Shoe kl ey T 
Vice President 


NEWS 


As most of you know the clubs 
BBS went bye-bye recently. This was 
the topic of the recent Board of 
Directors meeting. The Board felt 
that this was a major plus for the 
cl ub. 

To repair the BBS it would cost 
approximately $500, This would 
provide the same configuration that 
has given us so much trouble. (I 
commend Gene Funderburk for keeping 
the BBS up and running through these 
pr obi ems . > 

The Board di scussed a number of 
ideas and decided that it wou I d best 
be left Ltp to the members- There is 
a poll on page 6 of this newsletter 
that gives the options open to the 
club concerning the BBS. Please take 
the time to fill it out, or call Mary 
Ann Terminate or me with your opinion 
so the Board can take action. 


Another matter involves the c 1 Lib 
database. It is outdated and needs 
updating badly. Please fill in the 
questionnaire on the bottom of page 6 
and give if to Mary Ann or me- The 
last questions deal with your 
willingness to help this club. The 
nominating committee will be asking 
for people to help- let them know you 
want to help, 

E d Cu 1 b e r t s on 
Edi tor 


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LIBRARY NEWS... 

The September Di sk-of-t he-Mont h 
will be a two-sided disk once 
again. Some of the files are 
in the . ARCed format, so you 
will need ARCX 12 t o extract 
these files. There are also 
some TurboBASIC files that 
require TurboBASIC as well as 
the TurboBASIC: RUNTIME, COM 
file. 

Here's a list of programs on 
this month's disk: 


Hap p y 1 050 to all ow t h e drive 
to write as well as read at 
warp speed. Should be set up 
in a STARTUP. BAT file. 

7. AUTORUN. CTB - A menu program 
for use with TurboB ASIC's 
RUNTIME.COM file. Be sure to 
have then RUNTIME.COM file on a 
disk (rename to AUTORUN. SYS > , 
and this file. A menu will 
display all compiled TurboBASIC 
files with the . CTB extender 
and all ow you t o sei ec t wh i c h 
one to run. 


1. HANGMAN. ARC - A Hangman game 
with an editor that will allow 
you to en t er your own wor ds . 

2. E 2 TYPE. ARC - A utility that 
will al 1 ow you to set up 
one— key mac r os that will 
execute a string of 
keypresses. 

2. RAMD78XL.ARC - A file that 
should be renamed to 
RAMDISK.COM for 256/320 K 
ISOXE's. This will create a 
D7; and D8: ramdisk. I had a 
problem getting DOS 2.5 to 
format disks with this 
modification, but it may have 
been due to the drive I was 
using. Disks formatted with 
unmodified DOS 2.5 and then 
having RAMDISK.COM copied to it 
work fine. 

4. NFLANY32. ARC — The same type 
of program as was on last 
month's disk, but this time for 
the NFL teams instead of 

c ol 1 ege. 

5. DI SKI NDX . ARC - A disk 
indexing p r og r am . You i n p ut 
your own comments instead of 
choosing from a predefined list 
of descriptions as on previous 
disk indexing programs. 

6. SETFABT.COM - A short file 
to be used with BpartaDOS and a 


8. SNAKBYTE. BAB - An Atari 
BASIC game that challenges your 
reflex speed. The object is to 
collect the venom without 
hitting the men, walls, or 
yourself. Watch out for the 
moving object. If it contacts 
your head, you loose a life. 
After collecting the required 
amounts of venom the trap door 
opens allowing you to go to the 
next 1 evel . 

9. BINGO. TUR - A bingo game 
written in TurboBASIC (but not 
compiled). Will randomly 

c boose number s to cal 1 out , or 
all ow you to pr i nt out bi ngo 
cards on a printer. 

10. X AGON. OBJ - A machine 
1 anguage game similar to 
Q*Bert. Starts slowly on the 
first level, but gets 

inc rea si ngl y harder! 

11. TWENTY 1. BAS - An Atari 
BASIC game of twenty one. 

12. D00MSTAR. CTB - Destroy the 
enemy fighters in the trench of 
the Dooms tar. 

13. TURBDLST . CTB - A compiled 
TurboBASIC utility t o 

list /print text files on the 
Star SG-10 printer. 

14. FROL 1ST. CTB - A compiled 


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TurboBASIC utility to print 
program listings on a printer. 

15. BBKARTST . OBJ — A machine 
language drawing program with 
over 25 different commands to 
choose from the drawing menu. 

F r om Anal og #56 - 

That pretty muc h fills up t h e 
disk for this month, I would 
like t o thank Jeff Edwards for 
his contribution of a 2-sided 
disk full of Print Shop icons. 
There are 240 icons on this 
disk? ? ! These are already in 
Print Shop format and are ready 
t o 1 oa d in t o the Pr i n t Sh op 
program. There are some very 
nice icons on this disk. There 
will be copies available at the 
meeting. See you there! 

George Nelson, 

B-Bit Librarian. 


RAM b lings 


TALK HARDWARE TO HE 

ATARI announced a new, fast 
5 1/4" disk dri ve f or the XE 
line. It will come with a new 
DOS that is downward 
compatible. That is it can 
read disks written in DOS 2.0 
or 2.5 format. 

There has al so been much ado 
about the XE game machine 
(sigh). Basically it’s a Miami 
vice 1 oo king 65 X E with some 
attachments such as a light 
gun. Mass retailers are 
excited about it and maybe it 
will bring about some increased 
software availability for the 
XE line because it is 
compatible. However, I 
seriously doubt that it will do 
anything positive for 
8-b i t p r od uc t i v i t y so f t war e . 


The MEbA ST 2 and 4 have 
been released in Europe with 
the blitter chip and a new TOS. 
There is an internal fan and 
some extra po pouts for adding 
an optional second hard disk 
controller and an external 
expansion bus. By the way, I 
have read that ATARI has tried 
to insure that all current ST 
programs will run with the 
blitter and new TDS. Only time 
wi 1 1 tell , 

I CD has announced that they 
have developed some ST hard 
drives. The drives have a 
built in clock and interfaces 
for daisy chaining your old 
hard drives, slave hard drives, 
tape backups or Bernoulli 
b o x es . The uni t s c ome i n 20 , 

30 or 40 megabyte 
con f i gur at ions. 

HOT OFF THE PRESSES 

X can't believe what's 
happened to the price of 
printers. Most of the best dot 
matrix printers can now be 
purchased for well b e 1 ow $200 , 
some for less than $150. If 
you don't have a p r 1 n t er or i f 
you've been thinking about 
buying a new one, now may be 
the best time ever, 

> 


HELP 

G.R.A.C.E. 



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NOT MY LEG YOU DON’T 

Have you heard the rumors 
! about a new computer that is 

MINUTES 

Rusust 18, 1937 ' 

' under development* It is based 

! on an entirely new type of 

; memory called IBM and a new 

The meeting was called to 

operating system called COS* 

attention by John Disher at 7 = 3(2 PM. 

It also sports an output port 
that no other computer has, not 

Rhett Bryson save us a short 

even the ST* ISM is short for 

review of a new pros ram for the ST 

Infinitely Selective Memory* 

called D Basic* The program is 

ISM allows for the addressing ! 

free, but the manual* which Rhett 

of an infinite amount of facts ! 

describes as humorous? costs $45.00* 

and is reported to be mind 

The basic is said to be extremely 

) boggling- COS, which stands 

fast and compi 1 es as you so* It 

for Covert Operation System, 

does not support GEM, has no special : 

utilizes a user interface 

features (except speed)? no run-time 

called Residual which was 

package and not cowpat i b le w i th j 

developed in Switzerland. It 

other DOS. 

: is supposed to be very j 

i power f ul . 

Kevin Kinssmore discussed a new 

I understand however, that 

1040 ST that will hook up to a TV ' 

there are a few problems* ISM I 

and a 520 ST FM that has a built in j 

has a habit of losing critical 

disk dr i ve. 

areas of memory at a moments 
notice and COS has been known 

Craig Tompkins did an admirable 

to ignore wnat tne user wants 

Job of reviewing TOUCHDOWN FOOTBPi_L 

and set up operations of its , 

although the program would not toad 

own using Residual. I have 

on the club’s computer* The cost of 

also heard that the only device 

the program is $1 4. 95 and seemed to 

that currently works correctly 

be a very realistic simulation. 

with the new port is a paper 

Crais felt it was worth the money? j 

shr edder . 

when it would load- Thanks? Craig? : 

The price has not been set | 

for hanging in there and carrying on 

but the company's motto is 11 The 

in a i ess- than -great situation. 

Buc k Stops Here" so expect it 
to be very expensive. j 

Kevin Kingsmore gave us some 

CAN YOU COUNT TO TWELVE IN 

highlights of PC DITTO? which sells 
for $B3. 95 and wilt run most IBM 

ANALOG? 

programs* He seemed to be Pleased 

The winner of this month * s 

with its Performance arid hopes to 

demo it for us soon. 

CHIPPIE Award for "The Best : 

; Magazine in a Highly Erratic 

Another highlight of the 

! Series" is ANALOG Computing* 

even i ns came from Kev i ri when he | 

In case you didn't notice. 

demonstrated COMPUTE REYES for the j 

the previous issue of ANALOG 

ST* T he program se t 1 s f o r arou n d 

magazine had July/August on the 

$249.00" and if you have never seen 

cover. No explanation, just 

it demonstrated? you are truly 

July/August. They didn't even 

missing out* The results were very 

send me two copies of the 

good? and on the screen (in my 

September issue to make up for 

opinion) almost Photographic 

i t . 

Quality* We did have some fun i 

Ken Richardson 

moving around and creating many 

1 "wi id and crazy" results. ^ 


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Ws had a few minutes left at 
the end of the Program at which time 
Kevin showed us some new Programs 
avai l ab i e for the ST. They were 
BARBARIAN, CHESS MASTER 2000, 

HARDBALL, and SPACE SHUTTLE. For 
more information on these programs, 
see Kevin. 

Well, that’s about it for this 
month. If you were there, I am sure 
you got your money’s and time’s 
worth. If you were not there, we ( 
can’t be held responsible, but we do 
m i ss you and we do need you. Come 
on back. These reviews are 
l- ®’ 1 tain I y not as sood as the rea l 
thins. Ask anybody. 


BULLETIN BOARD POLL 


0 UPGRADE B-BIT BBS WITH 
HARDDISK - *700 


0 UPGRADE BBS WITH ST AND 

HARDDISK - 41200 CCDULD SELL 
8-BIT COMPUTER, ETC TO REDUCE 
TDTAL COST) 

0 CLOSE DOWN THE BBS 


MARY ANNE TERMINATO 



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